Posted by: Carly Schroer
NASHVILLE — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Sinomax Group officials announced today the company will locate new manufacturing operations in La Vergne. Sinomax, a foam products manufacturer and distributor, will invest $28 million and create 350 jobs in Davidson County, the largest jobs commitment made from a Chinese-owned company in Tennessee’s history.
“We want to welcome Sinomax to Tennessee and thank them for creating 350 jobs in La Vergne and Davidson County,” Haslam said. “Tennessee works hard to create a business-friendly environment that supports both business recruitment and existing industry expansions, and this announcement brings us one step closer toward our goal of becoming the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”
“This is the second major investment by a Chinese company in as many weeks and we are excited to have Sinomax invest in our state.” Boyd said. “It is always great news when a company like Sinomax, with such a prominent international market position, decides to open new operations in Tennessee. I want to thank Sinomax for creating jobs in La Vergne and I look forward to the company’s success and growth in Tennessee.”
Sinomax has been designing and manufacturing high quality memory foam products, including mattresses, mattress toppers and pillows, for over 15 years. The company’s products are sold at many retailers throughout the U.S. under various national and private label brands.
“We are thrilled to open our first U.S. manufacturing facility in the state of Tennessee,” President and CEO of Sinomax USA Frank Chen said. “Through our new facility in La Vergne, we will be able to better serve our North American customers with our diverse offerings of high quality foam bedding products. We anticipate significant growth as demand for localized manufacturing continues. We chose the Nashville area for its pro-business environment, its talented workforce and its welcoming spirit. We look forward to creating a world-class facility and contributing to this community. We want to thank the Tennessee
Department of Economic and Community Development, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, TVA as well as all of our private and public sector partners for making this project a reality.”
The new 505,000 square foot facility will function as a manufacturing facility for the production of the various foam products that Sinomax specializes in. With this facility, the company will be able to more efficiently reach North American markets.
Sinomax will renovate the former Whirlpool site on Hennessey Drive with plans to be operational in June 2016. Renovations will turn the site into a state-of-the-art automated pour and fabrication facility.
“We are grateful to Sinomax USA for choosing Nashville for their manufacturing facilities, which will create good-paying jobs in Davidson County,” Nashville Mayor Megan Barry said. “Sinomax USA is helping to grow our economy and create more good manufacturing jobs right here in Nashville while also enhancing our city’s reputation as a place known for making high-quality products.”
“TVA and Nashville Electric Service congratulate and welcome Sinomax on its decision to locate in La Vergne, Tennessee,” TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley said. “Serving the people of our communities by attracting and retaining quality jobs and investments in our region is a fundamental part of TVA’s mission. We are proud to partner with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Metropolitan Government of Davidson County and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to help Sinomax locate in the Valley.”
Those interested in applying for a job at the Sinomax facility can email [email protected].
La Vergne and Davidson County are represented by Speaker Beth Harwell (R – Nashville), Rep. Bo Mitchell (D – Nashville), Rep. Bill Beck (D – Nashville), Rep. Mike Stewart (D – Nashville), Rep. Jason Powell (D – Nashville), Rep. Brenda Gilmore (D – Nashville), Rep. John Ray Clemmons (D – Nashville), Rep. Harold Love (D – Nashville), Rep. Sherry Jones (D – Nashville), Rep. Darren Jernigan (D – Old Hickory), Sen. Steven Dickerson (R – Nashville), Sen. Ferrell Haile (R – Gallatin), Sen. Jeff Yarbro (D – Nashville), Sen. Thelma Harper (D – Nashville), Sen. Bill Ketron (R – Murfreesboro), Rep. Mike Sparks (R – Smyrna) and Rep. Dawn White (R – Murfreesboro) in the Tennessee General Assembly.
About Sinomax Group
Sinomax Group is a leading global manufacturer and distributor of polyurethane comfort products, specializing in memory foams that include innovative technology created for the consumer. Its mattresses, pillows and mattress toppers are sold in over 6,000 stores across the globe by the world's largest retailers. Its supply chain includes four world-class manufacturing plants, and it maintains a competitive advantage of being a high-value, low-cost producer of consumer products in the industry.
About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
Tennessee was named 2014 and 2013 “State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine. The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Find us on the web: tnecd.com. Follow us on Twitter: @tnecd. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tnecd.